Hunter Mahan: "This is why I retired from Pga"

"I had reached my limit, and it was time to turn the page"

by Andrea Gussoni
Hunter Mahan: "This is why I retired from Pga"
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Hunter Mahan might not evoke many memories. His last of 453 appearances on the Tour dates back to the 2021 3M Open, where he failed to make the cut. After ending his career on the Tour, he moved with his family to Colleyville, Texas, where he took on the role of coach for the men's golf team at Liberty Christian, a small private school.

In an interview with Bunkered, the California native explained the reasons for his retirement.

Hunter Mahan, statements

"Golf (professional) is a seven-day-a-week routine, whether you're at home or on the road." "I had reached my limit, and it was time to turn the page." "I was never one to think I would stay there for most of my life, nor was I obsessed with the game like many others." "They play even while they sleep, and they think about their game all the time, and they enjoy it." "For me, it was just a job." "I enjoyed it too, but once I retired and left that world, I completely changed my pace of life, and I'm very happy with that." "(If you want to be competitive), you can't just show up on Wednesday and play professional-level golf." "There's too much competition and too many great players." "If you don't dedicate yourself entirely, you'll end up beaten down and worn out, and that's when I decided to retire." "A few years ago, I still had some tournaments left to finish the season, and I was so tired of the routine in playing golf." "Golf had taken over my life in a negative way, and I had to step away from it all." "I loved the game of golf, but playing at a professional level really demands a lot from you." Mahan made it clear that all that pressure had significant implications for his mental health.

"I became very anxious." "When anxiety takes over, you start to feel things like 'I can't find myself in a hotel room again, feeling the walls closing in on me and a total lack of space.' " "I felt like I 'needed to get out of there,' and that's what I did." "I was in Truckee (California, where the Barracuda Championship is held), and I couldn't even get close to the golf course." "So I said, 'Let's go home.'

" "I couldn't hit another ball on a driving range." "Golf, in these cases, is very compassionate because you can end up in the tunnel but you can also get out of it." "But I didn't want to go through it anymore. I just didn't want to know about it anymore." "Today I am 41 years old and still young, I have four children aged 10 and under, and I have so many things to do with them." "I don't want them to live my life; I want to be part of theirs."